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Food Photography Lancashire

Food Photography Lancashire

This image was part of an advertising portfolio for Simon Dunn Chocolatier in Preston. My technique for food photography has been developed over a number of decades, and the technique has also developed as equipment has advanced. I have to say, the launch of the Lencarta Atoms made a lot of the usual…

Commercial Photography, Blackpool

Commercial Photography, Blackpool

This was another assignment for Rachel Mason, educator at Alan Howard Training, and all round good egg. And as usual, Rachel gave me a scanty outline as to what we would be doing (“Just a few shots in Blackpool…”), which bore little resemblance to my unfolding day! So, being told I would…

The Hair Game

The Hair Game

Some of you may recall a good friend of mine, Rachel Mason, Educator at Alan Howard Training. Rachel has worked on several shoots with me before, including the cover for the 2013 Lencarta catalogue. Anyway, Rachel asked me to go along to a training event, where a new hair colouring system…

Lighting the Superhumans

Lighting the Superhumans

This was an interesting day. I got to work with a long standing friend. Chris Dunkerley of Moo Creations. It was the basis for a design concept for his client, MobileTron. The remit was straightforward. “Give me something special!”

Atomic Vampires

Atomic Vampires

Newchurch-in-Pendle is well known for it’s history of Witches and Witchcraft. Maybe not so much with Vampires! Meet Sarah Hillier, a good friend of mine, and fascinated by anything remotely vampiresque.Mind you, best not to mention anything about twinkly fairy like vampires, that feature in the recent Twilight series of…

The Paper Bride

The Paper Bride

When I saw an image of the dress, I thought it was “nice”. I thought more of it when I was told it had been designed by Daniella Jepson. I was a little surprised to be told Daniella had made the dress by hand. I damn near fell off my…

The Big Umbrella

The Big Umbrella

These images were part of an initial idea for the new 2013 Lencarta catalogue, which weren’t used in the final version. The idea was to have Jade struggling against the wind with the tethered umbrella, trying to stop it taking off in the wind. Whilst Jade is an accomplished actress, she…

Fashion Photography on Location

Fashion Photography on Location

This was for an advertising campaign for Out of the City, in what was rather dismal weather. The poor weather conditions were capitalised on to give them a unique image for their campaign. The idea was to head the campaign with the slogan “Should have gone to Out of the City”,…

Photographing the photographer

Photographing the photographer

Meet Allan Vincent, a respected photographer from the Chorley area, who needed a headshot for his various social media outlets, and whilst he was at the studio, photographing his gorgeous daughter, I nailed his feet to the black backdrop and took my chances

Wedding Photography at Ribby Hall, Wrea Green

Wedding Photography at Ribby Hall, Wrea Green

Meet Teerisara and Uladzimir, on a rather cold and damp October day at Ribby Hall in Wrea Green. This was actually the last shot of the day and I’m happy with the result. We’d already sauntered through the ground taking images near trees and elevated wooden buildings, and all to good effect.…

A Wedding in the Rain

A Wedding in the Rain

I remember a time when all my brides wanted sunny days, or at the very least, it had to be dry. Now? Well, I seem to predominantly have brides who want stormy looking skies and darker days. They want something different for their album, something memorable. Paula and Craig were…

Location Fashion Shoot – Part 2

Location Fashion Shoot – Part 2

This is part two of an extensive fashion shoot for Lencarta. The first part of the shoot was done in an open grassy area with a couple of short trees, and can be found here. This second part of the day was shot on an elevated wooden platform, looking over a dense…

Location Fashion Shoot – Part 1

Location Fashion Shoot – Part 1

This was an extensive fashion shoot for Lencarta, with the aim of showing the flexibility of the Safari Li-on location lighting kit. The day was basically split into three distinct locations and looks. The first was an open grassy area, with a couple of short trees providing an ideal framed area. The second…

The Bridal Arch, Dunkenhalgh

The Bridal Arch, Dunkenhalgh

I love weddings. The people, the atmosphere, the day. It’s all good! My favourite bit? Well that has to be the informal bridal portrait session between the wedding breakfast and the evening reception. It’s a bit of a dead time as far as the bride and groom are concerned, and…

Magazine Fashion Shoot

Magazine Fashion Shoot

This particular shoot was for a number of clients of the Live Ribble Valley magazine. They included Out of the City, Ken Varey, Charles Campbell Bespoke and the restaurant The Sirloin. The day wasn’t particularly the best, from a weather point of view, but none the less, once organised, we had to get something, come what may!

Low Key Animal Portraits

Low Key Animal Portraits

This was an unexpected opportunity. It was actually an engagement shoot for a young couple who brought along their dog, rather than leave him at home. I love animals, and I just can’t help making a fuss of any dog brought to the studio. They’re all such characters and full…

Yet More Imps!

Yet More Imps!

Remember the proof of concept shoot for the Pendle Imp Festival with Rachel Mason? Well, this is another of the shoots. The original test shoot was nicely paced, quiet and very calm. This was just mayhem! There were girls everywhere, all in various states of undress, with and without wings, hairdryers, rollers and worst of…

The Bridal Veil

The Bridal Veil

  I was lucky enough to be asked to photograph the wedding of a couple who are good friends of mine, Matt and Lucy. OK, so it tends to up the ante a bit, as friends tend to have higher expectations. And lets face it, we want to do the…

Country Bride

Country Bride

There are times when I photograph a bride and groom during the informal portrait session, when their caharacter really comes to the fore. Laura and Matt certainly fit into this category, and I enjoyed every minute of their company. Laura was a self confessed country girl, and when I explained…

Portraits on location in Nelson, Lancashire

Portraits on location in Nelson, Lancashire

  A good friend of mine, Rachel Mason of Dare to be Different, asked if I would photograph Sarah, a friend of Rachel’s who also worked in her salon. Sarah has a great interest in all things dark. Vampires, horror and anything macabre. I felt the shoot should reflect this side…

The Love Seat, Red Hall Hotel

The Love Seat, Red Hall Hotel

  There are times when you look at a particular setting during the day, and think “Hmmmmm, s’pose it’ll do.” and you leave it at that. This was one such area at the Red Hall Hotel in Bury, all brand spanking new and early in the day it seemed uninspiring. However,…

Talk Photography Convention 2012

Talk Photography Convention 2012

I, or rather Lencarta, was invited to the Talk Photography convention at Blackpool, an excellent event that unfortunately didn’t get the numbers it deserved. I was asked to give talks on lighting, my first talk, on the Saturday, was on basic portrait lighting and my second talk, the following day,…

Corporate Headshot

Corporate Headshot

Meet Jonathan, a commercial estate agent based in Nelson, not a million miles from my studio complex. It was Jonathan that found the premises for me, and basically turned my business plan on its head, before opening new horizons for me. Jonathan happened to mumble something about needing a decent image for…

Pendle Hill

Pendle Hill

The bride had one particular request when I met the couple six months before the wedding. There was no room for bartering or negotiation, it had to be adhered to. They both wanted a portrait with Pendle Hill in the background.

International Aid Trust

International Aid Trust

On a quiet industrial estate near Preston, is a warehouse that is stacked floor to ceiling with all sorts of items, ready to be shipped out to various parts of the world in dire need . This is the hub of The International Aid trust.

Location Food Photography

Location Food Photography

Of all the subjects I photograph, I tend to find food photography more demanding than most. The chef wants it to convey everything he’s put into the preparation, along with detail and texture. The ambience of the restaurant has to register too, with a feeling the food belongs in that…

Senior Portrait on Location

Senior Portrait on Location

This was a shoot that had been promised for a number of years. The young lady is in fact my niece, Chelsea, and some time ago I said I’d organise a portrait session for her. Well, time soon slipped by, and the 120 miles between us doesn’t help.

Nicola’s Portfolio

Nicola’s Portfolio

  This was part of the portfolio shoot I did for Nicola Sumner, a young lady I’ve worked regularly with, especially wedding venue brochure shoots. I’ve previously written about the images from this session that were destined for Lencarta’s product catalogue, and these are a couple of others taken at Studio Sphere. We needed…

Wedding Venue Brochure Shoot

Wedding Venue Brochure Shoot

When I do a brochure shoot for a wedding venue, I encourage the venue to include the suppliers who support the venue in their weddings and development. This particular assignment was for Park Hall Hotel, part of the Lavender and Best Western group. The wedding cars in this instance were…

Inn at Whitewell

Inn at Whitewell

The Inn at Whitewell is my favourite low light venue. Full of romance and atmosphere and a great place to work. The interior is lit in such a manner as to foster intimacy, and can be obliterated all too easily by exuberant flash users. However, on this occasion, they were…

Lakeside Wedding

Lakeside Wedding

There’s nothing I like better than being able to provide something a little bit special for my brides and grooms. This is Nicola and Tony on their wedding day. A couple that flew in from Australia for their wedding at Clevely Mere. Believe me, it was a lot of fun!

The Opticians

The Opticians

I received a brief from Live Magazine. One of the branches of David Myers Opticians (the branch in Penwortham) needed some images for their upcoming advert and editorial. I didn’t really fancy just shooting the shop front, or just the frames for that matter. I wanted a fairly striking image…

Magazine Location Fashion Shoot

This particular shoot was for a number of clients of the Live Ribble Valley magazine. They included Out of the City, Ken Varey, Charles Campbell Bespoke and the restaurant The Sirloin. The day wasn’t particularly the best, from a weather point of view, but none the less, once organised, we had to get something, come what may!

The Joker

The Joker

This was a fairly straightforward remit. Photograph one of the business partners (no problem there), make it a businesslike environment (plenty of spare office space, so that’s ok too), and make him look like he means business! (oops).

Food Photography

Food Photography

Following on from the event catering I covered with Fusion Outdoors, Russell asked me to photograph both the restaurant (Fusion Room, Preston) and also his food. After a meal at his restaurant, and spending time with Russell, how could I say no to such a likeable guy? Besides, the way…

Blue Gown

Blue Gown

The quiet time between the wedding breakfast and the evening reception is my favourite time of the day. I get to play. On this particular occasion, the day had been overcast and light rain, meaning the groups were all shot indoors, and with that in mind, I had already earmarked…

The SmartFlash Challenge

The SmartFlash Challenge

How many times have we heard “If only I could afford better!”, or something similar. I had a recent conversation regarding lighting equipment, and the subject inevitably turned to cost. I don’t really subscribe to the idea expensive=better. Sure, you tend to have more features etc, but the ability to…

The Classic Fashion Shot

The Classic Fashion Shot

Look in any fashion magazine, Sunday supplement or even High Street shop window displays and you’re bound to find the classic grey background fashion shots. Many are shot using a pretty basic and simple lighting technique using one main light such as these images here. I interviewed David Bailey several years…

MUA Portfolio

MUA Portfolio

I had been asked to provide a portfolio for Catherine Boden of Glamourise, who’s a rather high flying makeup artist and stylist who works in the film industry. She also provides a wedding makeup and styling service to ‘A’ list celebrities and other high level clients. Incidentally, this was also…

Location Corporate Portrait

Location Corporate Portrait

Not all corporate headshots need to be stuffy and boring, particularly if they are to reflect the companies ethics or approachability. One of the quickest ways to erect a barrier between a company and its clients is to have a “stuffy” portrait that doesn’t really give the company a human…

Preston Marriott

Preston Marriott

This assignment was for a number of clients, including the Preston Marriott Hotel, Zoe Cookson (importer of couture wedding gowns) and Live Magazines. It also afforded me the opportunity to test the new Lencarta Safari Li-on location lighting equipment, which is the latest version of my own location lighting workhorse,…

Location shoot with the new Safari Li-on

Location shoot with the new Safari Li-on

I stepped out of my comfort zone a bit  on this shoot, because I played assistant to another photographer, Michael Sewell… Michael mentioned to me that he was doing a shoot for the Marriott Hotel in Preston, to help them sell their services to Brides. And at the same time,…

Alston Hall

Alston Hall

Alston Hall is quite an interesting venue, particularly as it’s government owned and run. A lot of really nice features and grounds that are crying out to be used as props for the location shooter. Used as a residential education centre, the managers are having to be ever more resourceful…

Waiting For The Train

Waiting For The Train

This was a shoot for Rachel Mason of Dare to be Different, although quite a stark contrast to some of her usual work. This time the images were also to be used by Loreal. Our model Emma, wore a business type suit, and the emphasis was to be kept to…